UPDATE: Kurdistan sidesteps Baghdad legal challenge to exports

Baghdad failed to secure a temporary ban on Kurdistan's independent pipeline exports from Iraq's highest court, but the Oil Ministry's international legal efforts continue.
A worker checks the valve gears of pipes linked to oil tanks at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, which is run by state-owned pipeline company Botas. (UMIT BEKTAS/Reuters)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from its original version to include the Oil Ministry's official response to the KRG and the full text of both press releases, as well as a translation of the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court's June 24 decision.

ERBIL – Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) celebrated a June 24 decision of the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq, which declined to issue a temporary ban on independent Kurdish oil exports.

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